“Once you have an idea with music, nothing else matters but that idea..Your responsibility to the muse is to follow it.” Neil Young
Described by legendary BBC DJ Bob Harris as “one of our finest singer/songwriters” Lisa is a versatile female artist from the UK who has also been based in NYC. Her music has been described as melodic acoustic music and tinges of Americana with heartfelt lyrics, gorgeous melodies and stunning vocals.
She has released acclaimed studio albums ‘Slipstream’, ‘Lost Again’ and ‘Clouds with Silver’ that have received glowing press and airplay across the world including Bob Harris’s BBC Radio 2 shows. Her track ‘Dragonfly’ was played on his ‘Best of British’ special which featured the Best British songwriters and has also been featured in an independent film in the US. She has worked with many outstanding US musicians including those who have worked with Teddy Thompson, Jeff Buckley, Norah Jones, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Ryan Adams. She has toured the UK and Europe and has a distribution deal for her albums with the UK’s biggest independent distributors, Proper.
Lisa’s EP ‘Reminders’ was recorded with multi-instrumentalist and producer Jeff Hill in Brooklyn and has received great reviews and BBC radio airplay. Her last release was ‘The Sweetest Dream’ a compilation of acoustic Americana love songs. She has also sung on and written electro pop and dance tracks. Lisa is also a keen writer about music and has a regular column for UK magazine Songwriting Magazine where she talks about song writing gives advice to other independent artists. Her song ‘Here Alone’ was also recently covered by a young artist and won a national competition in the UK, the Pre-Teen Award 2015.
“singer/songwriter Lisa Redford continues to treat her fans to more of her lyrical mastery with her latest EP “Reminders.” New York Examiner
“she brings an honest songwriting style and beautiful vocal styling to every one of her songs.” Maverick Magazine
Another Place and Time
The heartfelt and melodic Americana tinged songs are recorded with José McGill from renowned Americana band The Vagaband and he also plays double bass, drums, percussion, electric guitar and hammond organ. Talented musician Noel Dashwood contributes his wonderful dobro as well as ukulele, harmonies and harmonica.
"Another Place in Time‘ opens with the instantly memorable and melodic single ‘Music and the Mountains‘. The bittersweet and heartfelt title track follows. ‘Remember Me’ is a hooky radio-friendly band track and moving ballad ‘Worst Kind of Love’ closes the EP.
A fan favourite, it's a hooky melodic Americana band track with harmonies, dobro and ukulele.
Live performance at Folk East Festival: https://youtu.be/Ept736KwyLU
Music and the Mountains
Lisa Redford - vocals, acoustic guitar
Noel Dashwood - dobro, harmonica, harmony vocals
Jose McGill - double bass
"lovely" Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
"a beautiful song" Baylen Leonard
Hooky country Americana acoustic song with an uplifting chorus.
New York Song
A huge favourite among fans, New York Song is a dreamy, personal, haunting acoustic track with beautiful strings arranged by Claudia Chopek (Hem, Ryan Adams and many more).
Official music video filmed in NYC: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl0H-JtNJN0
The Boy Who...
A huge favourite among fans and critics, 'The Boy Who...' is a moving and incredibly hooky country pop ballad. 'There's an immediate connection to the emotional territory of the songs which imbues an easy familiarity and regular listeners to Bob Harris will already know Lisa's subtle tremolo and classic country lilt.' Properganda
Live performance in New York here:
Live unplugged performance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=79md2H1SWHc
A firm live and fan favourite, Wildfire is a very hooky upbeat Americana folk pop song about running away from it all.
Live Your Life
‘Live Your Life is a song that shines a light on the futility of remaining trapped in one’s comfort zone and disregarding one’s intuition to avoid failure and disappointment, yet it also provides a consoling dose of inspiration for those who have stepped out of their comfort zone and been met by broken promises, failure and disappointment. The underlying message of the song is that life is to be embraced not only for the rewards it has the potential to provide but also for whatever setbacks may be encountered along the way.
Here are few lines from the lyrics to Live Your Life:
Live your life
Don’t ever choose to hide
Don’t let nothing stand in your way
And don’t you care
We all know life’s unfair, sometimes
But just let it go
Live Your Life is a great song to hear at any time, but especially after you’ve experienced a setback, failure or disappointment, for it’s sure to inspire you to persist in your quest to achieve your goal.’
Clive Swersky from Alive with Clive US TV show on the track ‘You’re your Life’ which Lisa has performed live on the show and has the honour of being the most played video on Clive’s Youtube channel. The song has also been played on Bob Harris's BBC Radio 2 show. TV performance here:
Dreaming in Crowds
"the crown jewel on this new EP. Dreaming In Crowds is a real singer/songwriter song. It has depth, both in lyrics and arrangement and tells a heartfelt story in which everyone will recognize something." Inner Ear Media, The Netherlands
Live performance on BBC Radio: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSVi3earND8
Live performance on US TV: www.youtube.com/watch?v=htxM9C_xfW4
Touching piano ballad that was the first Lisa song played on Bob Harris's BBC Radio 2 show.
Another fan favourite, Call Me (which has also had dance and electronic remixes) is a dreamy acoustic song with some atmospheric Rhodes keyboard added and is a song of longing and desire.
Cool promo video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrGikNj0V1M
The acoustic title track possesses a moody, haunting feel and is enhanced with a beautiful arrangement of double bass, cello and piano.
Live performance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QNC3CIXmT8
Performance on BBC Radio www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCHYsudMOAg
Performance on US TV: www.youtube.com/watch?v=riUrCn2G3L8
'I love it! It has a wonderfully haunting quality, and its complexity and mood show a maturation of your already distinctive style.' Nick Gauthier, New York Enquirer
'A nice voice and a quality-written track, I love it!' Seshny Blog
'beatiful vocal on this poignant track by Lisa showing strong lyrical content accompanied by a haunting melody.’ Ralph’s Life Music Blog
St Benedict's Christmas Fair
New Christmas single, a heartfelt bittersweet about saying goodbye.
New Year's Day
So Many Words
Heartfelt acoustic ballad with acoustic guitars, double bass and piano. Produced in Brooklyn, NYC by Jeff Hill. Features Grammy nominated musician Didi Gutman on piano. From EP 'Reminders'. "One of our finest singer/songwriters" Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Live performance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LisBgx8QNk
A haunting intimate live acoustic track with wonderful cello by Nashville producer David Henry. The song has received radio airplay on Bob Harris's BBC Radio 2 show and Acoustic Cafe, radio's best international showcase for acoustic music.
Live video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBgR5_iGGwo
Summer on the L
Don't Tell Me
Another favourite amongst fans, a beautiful touching piano ballad.
Live acoustic performance here:
'When You Come Home'
Upbeat band track featured on the Access to Music ATOM compilation CD '‘When You Come Home demonstrates both her powerful and soulful vocals and her maturity as a songwriter.’ Also described by Manchester Evening News as: 'the bouncy country song When You Come Home is among the stand-out moments.'
Featuerd in highlights video for C2C Country to Country Festival, the biggest country music festival in Europe.
Moving ballad with slide guitar.
New Year's Day
Another Place and Time
St Benedict's Christmas Fair Single Cover
Live at Weyfest
Performing at Brownstock Festival
Photo with my latest music column
Getting ready for music video shoot
During music video shoot
Filming a live video at historic Wolferton Station, on Royal Family's Estate
Soundcheck on stage with Noel Dashwood on dobro
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
My favourite contemporary musicians include Ryan Adams, Sufjan Stevens, Erlend Oye, Kings of Convenience, Teddy Thompson, Josh Rouse, Phoenix. Anyone of those would be fun!
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
You can't beat the guitar for me.
3: What was the worst advice?
Get a real job!
4: What was your first concert?
It was Gary Numan, can't remember which year. Norwich Waterfront. With my dad and his friend who was a huge Gary fan. I was mesmerised by the atmosphere and energy of a live show.
5: What/where is the best road food?
I've yet to tour the US, would be a dream. In the UK I try to get the M&S pesto salad or sushi when I can.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Just to keep going and never give up. 'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.' Eleanor Roosevelt
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Any music biographies are always so inspiring.